Apple Launches iPhone Resource Center For Developers - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Enterprise Applications

Apple Launches iPhone Resource Center For Developers

The ADC-sanctioned site includes sections on the latest techniques for Web app design, sample code, a reference library, and video discussions with iPhone engineers.

Want to develop applications for the iPhone? Apple has launched an iPhone developer center for people just like you.

The iPhone Dev Center, introduced Wednesday, is a new section of Apple's Developer Connection site. The new addition offers information on designing, coding, and optimizing performance of applications that run in the iPhone's Safari Web browser. Software built for the iPhone also can run on Apple's new iPod Touch, a portable media player with the iPhone's touch-screen interface and other software, but is not a cellular phone.

The center focuses on Web applications only, and doesn't contain information on Apple's upcoming software development kit for building native applications that run on the operating system of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple last week said it plans to make that SDK available in February.

The iPhone Dev Center includes sections on the latest techniques for Web app design, some of which is presented through video discussions with iPhone engineers. In addition, the site has sample code and a reference library for release notes and technical documentation.

And while the Web is always changing, Apple notes, it asks that anyone building applications stick to the most current languages such as: HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, CSS 2.1 and partial CSS3, ECMAScript 3 (JavaScript), W3C DOM Level 2, and Ajax technologies, including XMLHTTPRequest .

"Stick with standards when you design Web pages for iPhone," Apple said in its Optimizing Web Applications and Content for iPhone reference page. "Safari on iPhone shares the same Web Kit engine as Safari on the computer desktop."

Finished applications can be submitted to Apple for listing in the company's Web apps library. Featured applications in the library include an online repository for snippets of information, a calculator for determining disk space for video footage, and a personal productivity tool that provides to-do lists and personal notes.

Determined software developers have attacked Apple's initial efforts to keep the iPhone closed to native applications and locked to the AT&T cellular network. AT&T is the exclusive U.S. service provider for the iPhone, and developers have posted applications on the Web for opening the device to other cellular networks. Apple estimates that a quarter million iPhones have been unlocked.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
News
COVID-19: Using Data to Map Infections, Hospital Beds, and More
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/25/2020
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Robotic Process Automation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  3/23/2020
Slideshows
How Startup Innovation Can Help Enterprises Face COVID-19
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  3/24/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll